No More Jelly Beans

I’m a everyday is as good a goal making day as any day kinda girl. I don’t need New Year as a marker for new goals, resolutions and plans. It does serve however as a reminder, reflection of just what have I done this year or with my life. Time goes so slowly yet it goes so fast. My only ‘resolution’ this year or next is more walk, less talk to get those goals done. We can all talk the walk, but walking the talk? That’s the goal! Oh and better scheduling.

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas! Mine was a quiet. An amazing sunrise, gym in the morning after stockings, Paul’s roast potatoes and gravy for lunch and movies in the evening (a tradition I started when I spent Christmas alone here). If you get a chance to see Interstellar, I highly recommend it (sorry, ladies, Matthew McConaughey doesn’t take off his t-shirt. What?! No.). A great movie and great actors.

Where’s mine? I’ve been good this year!


Sunny skies all day

Friday, a hike around different part of Parc de Collserola overlooking the city. Just missed the sunset walking back, but I mangaged to capture last twilight light. It’s crazy to think that as you watch the last light of the day fade away, someone else is watching a new dawn. I try to make an effort catch first light and the sunrise. There’s something energising about it and not to mention 9/10 it rises a big ball of flamingo pink.

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No tin of Quality Street this year to work my way through. Instead a huge tub of tasty jelly beans from Paul (400g in 4 days. I’m surprised it took 4 days). Now the negotiation of burning them off along with the mince pies, cinnamon rolls, one too many chocolate covered almonds begins. Friday evening I was craving broccoli and kidney beans something crazy as my body wanted alkaline foods to neutralize the sugar. Too bad no broccoli left in the  fridge and no shops open. And lets not mention how all that sugar makes your teeth feel. I swear no matter how many times you clean them, it clings to the enamel for days.

Apart from continuing to work my way through jelly beans, the weekend was quiet. Gym, too much time on the internet than what I should be doing Saturday and shopping for a bag and pair of gloves. Christmas Eve my bag broke along with gloves that long needed replacing. Nothing caught my eye which is good thing as the sales start in just over a week with new collections arriving shortly. Sunday, long run day, 12km up along the beaches out the city, negotiating around nearly the entire population of Badalona out strolling along the promenades. Where are all these people when the weather’s not so nice?IMG_1219

Anyways, great practice for Wednesday. We’ve entered the Cursa Nassos (Nose Run), the last 10km night run of the year on New Years Eve. I’m looking forward to a hot chocolate afterwards as it’s gonna be freezing! Sunday travelling back from the La Roca Village shopping centre, the motorbike’s thermometer said 3.5 degrees C. BRR!

Hope you had great Christmas and are enjoying the Holidays! Has anyone else entered a New Years Eve race? 


  1. says:

    Hey Nat, forget to mention. I saw House Hunters International a few days ago. A young Yoga instructor from London moved to Barcelona to start teaching yoga there. Did it remind me of a certain expat blogger??

    1. says:

      Ha Ha! Thanks for the heads up! I’ll have to do some investigating and check out House Hunters International. Is that a TV show where you get to snoop inside the houses of the rich and famous? Have you watched Queen of Versailles on Netflix? Oh boy!

      1. says:

        No. I’ve never seen that. Sounds like something I would like.
        House Hunters International focuses on average people moving abroad for new experiences. It’s on HGTV.

      2. says:

        I’ll check it out!

  2. says:

    Yeah, im racing to finish the chicolate before new year, not as energetic as your new years eve but…. Good luck with your 10k the hot choc at the end sounds like a good incentive!! Beautiful photos 🙂 x

    1. says:

      Ha Ha! I’ve nearly finished all the chocolate and today polished off the last of the cinnamon rolls. And now my tummy hurts!

      Thank you for the 10km wishes. The race was cold, fun and just what I expect from the Catalans! The hot choc was very much appriecated afterwards! XO Nat

  3. says:

    I’ve seriously cut back on my workouts over the holidays (partially because of IT band issues, but mostly out of sloth). Yesterday, though. I got in a really nice long run … in the snow… Some day we should compare pictures from our runs! Somehow I think yours are much more pleasant than mine. 🙂

    1. says:

      Yay! I’ve yet to run in the snow. The closest to snow I’ve ran was a bad frost. Man, my fingers froze in 2 pairs of gloves!

      Have you tried foam rolling your IT band? I foam roll after my runs and it helps, but you probably know all about foam rolling! My running route is pretty, but I’m really craving trails at the moment so I’d be jealous of your off road routes and views!

      1. says:

        Haha, yeah, I have a foam roller but I don’t use it often (mostly because the rabbits torment me when they see it out, they like to jump over me while I’m on it… cute mental image, I know, but not so cute when you’re living it). Cutting back on workouts over the holidays seems to have done the trick, though. Had my first run of 2015 last year and it was a good one! 🙂

      2. says:

        For some reason having you rabbits seems doesn’t faze me! Bunny foam hop! (apologies that’s a bad one). My cats walk under me in downward dog, sit on me during final relation, stake their claim on the mat, so bunny attacks, normal! Love first runs of the year! XO

  4. says:

    I’ve always thought about doing a 5k on NYE, but I’m a wimp and couldn’t stand the c-c-cold! The holidays were made for jelly beans.

    1. says:

      Yes they were and I really wanted some after the run but there were none to be seen as I’d eaten them all. NOOO!

      I’d might wimp out too, if 5km was a night run in the depts of a Canadian winter!

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